This weekend millions of Americans will be celebrating the fourth of July. To many, it is a holiday and a day for relaxation and vacations but to most, it is also the birthday of this great land we know as America. With her birth and freedom beginning on the 4th of July we can expect the usual fireworks bursting in their red, white and blue as firework displays will be set off in most every county here in Georgia as well as the rest of the country. Many of the traditions we celebrate have not changed much over the past two hundred years as we gather with family and friends to celebrate the birth of this great country.
Some fun facts related to the 4th of July include that with the many cookouts going on over 150 million hot dogs will be consumed, one of the very popular and traditional foods for the holiday! Did you know that over one billion dollars will be spent on fireworks this year with only 10% of those fireworks being set off professionally? It is no wonder then why about 13,000 injuries and visits to the local emergency rooms will also take place. Maybe you didn’t know either that even though the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776 that Independence Day wasn’t deemed a federal holiday until almost 100 years later in 1870! Also; my how we have grown as a country because back in 1776 there were only 2.5 million people in this great nation and now our population has grown to over 325 million! So as we celebrate this year with our family and friends please stop and take a moment just to appreciate the freedom our forefathers who fought for us to obtain this freedom and just how fortunate we all are!
So if you are looking for some fun things to do on this July 4th weekend you don’t have to travel far as right here in Pickens County and also in Ellijay there is a variety of things to do! The Jasper Lions’ Club will be kicking off a celebration of fun for the whole family beginning with a local carnival and rides in Lee Newton Park. On Saturday, July 3rd a parade begins at 1:00 pm behind the Jasper UMC followed by stage entertainment and bingo also at the park. On Sunday, July 4th carnival rides will run from 3:00 pm to 11:00 pm and entertainment by the Roman Festival Brass at 6:00 pm followed by the High Ridge Band from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm and ending in a beautiful display of fireworks!
For the more mature crowds, you might just want to check out some of the local wineries like the ‘Fainting Goat Winery’ which are also having some live entertainment and libations as well. I recently learned that a new winery “Buckley Winery” recently opened in Talking Rock will also have its own fireworks display on July 3rd for its customers to enjoy. For more information on the Jasper Lion’s fireworks please check out their FaceBook page at http://e-clubhouse.org/sites/jasper_ga/. No matter what you choose to do this weekend please be safe and remember the reason that we celebrate!
The Blue Ridge Wine and Jazz Festival is coming up on May 6th. This is a great local festival complete with hot jazz, great wines, fine art, and delicious cuisine. The gates open at 2:00 pm and the live music begins at 3:00 pm. Terry Ellis tells us all about his band Kharisma Jazzmatic Funk and all the other bands that will be performing at the festival this year. Visit the Blue Ridge Wine and Jazz Festival site to see the artist line-up, purchase your tickets in advance, and get all the details for this great festival.
Go to FYNTV.com and check out everything going on at the Georgia Apple Festival this weekend! FetchYourNews.com & FYNTV.com will visit with vendors and highlight all the action at the Apple Festival!
ELLIJAY CELEBRATES 45 FUN-FILLED YEARS!
Welcome to North Georgia! The Georgia Apple Festival brings two exciting weekends to Ellijay, Georgia every year with hundreds of vendors offering food, art, crafts, and more, as well visitors from all over.
The Ellijay Lions Club, the Gilmer County Chamber of Commerce, the cities of Ellijay and East Ellijay, and Gilmer County invite everyone to come and enjoy the 45th year of the Georgia Apple Festival. There are over 300 vendors with handmade, hand-crafted items, as well as many on-site demonstrations of how selected types of crafts are made. This year promises many new crafts as well as favorites from past festivals. There is a parade and antique car show each year. The antique car show is held at the Civic Center on October 8th. The parade is on October 15th and begins at 10 AM in historic downtown Ellijay.
Did you know: Most of Pickens County’s early industry revolved around the marble industry. Polycor Georgia Marble is located in Marble Hill near Tate. For decades Georgia Marble has been mined and used to create historic architecture around the world, including the Archives Building in Atlanta, the New York Stock Exchange, the Supreme Court, the Lincoln Memorial and our local Tate Elementary School. The marble is also used for tombstones for the United States Military at Arlington National Cemetery. Most of the marble is white, but there is also very rare pink marble. It is one of the few places in the world where pink marble is found.
The weekend activities begin early Saturday morning with a 5K Road Race and a one mile Fun Run. Below is a highlight video along with list of winners. (more…)
The Georgia Marble Festival is proud to be the Home of the Georgia State Bluegrass Competition. A variety of competitions including Fiddle, Flat-Pickin’ Guitar, Bluegrass Banjo, Mandolin and a Bluegrass Band Competition takes place on Saturday and Sunday of the Georgia Marble Festival. (more…)
The Georgia Marble Festival reached over 10,000 visitors this year! Below is a highlight video from all the excitement that The Georgia Marble Festival brings every year to Jasper. (more…)
The Pickens High School Dragonettes softball team hosted the Cedartown Lady Bulldogs. The game was also the annual “Senior Night” celebration, when the lone “Nettes’” senior, Olivia LeMieux, was honored. The “Nettes” got nixed by the Lady Dogs in a 1-0 pitchers’ duel. (more…)
Congrats to Shannon Brooks! (more…)
The 32nd Annual Georgia Marble Festival made sound waves this past weekend on Saturday, October 6th and Sunday, October 7th. (more…)
Plans are now being finalized for the 2012 Miss Georgia Marble that is to be presented Saturday, September 8, 2012 and begins at 12:00 noon. . There will be a rehearsal and “late Registration” Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at the Pickens Chamber of Commerce Building beginning at 6:30 pm. So, for those that do not make the early entry deadline, you can register that Wednesday night and will be the last opportunity to sign up. For any additional information, please contact Tim Prather at [email protected] or visit www.bethanysalemfd.org
After the parade, dozens of people made their way to Lee Newton Park to enjoy the 31st Annual Georgia Marble Festival. (more…)